In 2023

“You’ve got to view the ban on books and the attempt to stop Critical Race Theory, by which they mean any teaching of the actual history of the country with respect to racism and white supremacy – all of these are efforts basically to condition the children of America, the young people of America, to get ready for being subjects in an authoritarian society.”

Representative Jamie Raskin has established himself as one of our country’s fiercest advocates for Democracy and against the extremists trying to tear it down. He notably served on the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol, and co-founded the Congressional Freethought Caucus. Congressman Raskin joins host Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush this week on The State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, to talk about the state of our democracy.

An author of several books about the interplay between the Supreme Court and democracy, Rep. Raskin speaks with Paul about his own experience of having a book he authored banned in Texas schools.

Across faith and place, we know that the most dangerous thing we could do is sit idly by while our democracy – and our fundamental rights – are under relentless attack. Listen in to hear Rep. Raskin discuss the challenges we face, how he’s navigated profound personal loss, what gives him hope, and how his faith informs his public service.

Paul also speaks with Darcy Hirsh, Interfaith Alliance Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy. They discuss Interfaith Alliance’s endorsement of the Freedom to Vote Act, a pro-democracy bill recently reintroduced by US Sen. Rev. Raphael Warnock of Georgia in the Senate, and Rep. John Sarbanes of Maryland in the House. Darcy also speaks further about the ways people of faith and conscience can participate in our democracy outside of voting, including volunteering as a poll worker or educating others on the issues they consider most important.

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